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Program Overview

What to Expect


How long will it take me to complete the program?

Your program will be individually tailored to meet your needs, taking into account the courses you have already completed as an undergraduate or graduate student. Most students finish the program in 12 to 24 months, with at least one academic year of full-time study.

Some students may wish to remain at the University of Rochester during the “glide” year between completing coursework and entering professional school, using this time to take advanced classes, work in laboratories or in health-related placements, and experience some of the other academic opportunities available.

If you choose to take additional courses during this time, you would continue in the Post-bac program as either a full- or part-time student. The tuition for part-time students is calculated on a per-credit basis.

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What will my classes be like?

Your classes will be rigorous, challenging, and eye-opening. They are taught by full-time faculty who do not separate their love of teaching from their love for research.

You will take your classes with our full-time undergraduates; occasional recitation sections are created specifically for post-baccalaureate students. Your advisor will work with you to determine the specific classes you will need to fulfill your course requirements. Each student will have an individualized plan.

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What other courses are available?

Besides the standard pre-requisite courses, we also offer a wide range of courses and will work with you to tailor a program to meet your particular needs.

Some courses that our students have found especially helpful are:

BIOL 217: Principle of Human Anatomy with Lab

This course focuses on the structures of the body with a special emphasis on humans. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems.

BIOL 204: Mammalian Physiology

This course focuses on normal function in a variety of systems with a special emphasis on humans. Topics include homeostatic regulation, various tissue and organ systems (endocrine, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and metabolic), and integration of function of those systems to allow complex function. 

PHLT 103: Concepts of Epidemiology

Fundamental concepts underlying health-related information and health policy. Basic methodological principles used to describe disease occurrence in populations and identify causes of disease.

BIOL 190: Genetics and the Human Genome

Basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on the structure, function and evolution of the human genome.

STAT 212: Applied Statistics for the Biological and Physical Sciences I

Descriptive statistics, statistical analysis, and statistical inference as used in the biological and physical sciences; including elements of correlation, regression, and analysis of variance. Excel, Minitab and similar programs.

MHB 210: Bioethics at the Bedside: How Clinicians Think Ethically

Most ethical dilemmas in medicine arise at the bedside. Wrestling with these challenging conflicts is a core task of the clinical application of bioethics in medicine and nursing. Using real cases, guided by an interdisciplinary team of practicing clinicians with educators in bioethics and law, this course will examine three fundamental subjects of bioethics that arise in medical practice: informed consent, organ transplantation and death and dying.

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When do I take the entrance exam? When do I apply to my health professions program?

The answer depends on you! Your advisor will work with you to determine when you will be finished with your pre-requisite courses, find time to prepare for your standardized exam and when your program applications are due. The PBPH program is excited to now offer a discounted Live Online MCAT Prep Course through Kaplan.

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